Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Salafi in prison riot in Salé Morocco

At six o'clock in the afternoon raged tear gas near the prison of Salé, a few miles from Rabat. Inside, more than 300 prisoners have staged this Monday Salafists a riot in the early hours of noon to avoid being scattered by other Moroccan prisons. Even some of them, according to Salafis, have come the echoes of the rebellion and would have joined the protests.

After a failed attempt at negotiations between mutineers and the National Council for Human Rights, the security forces have started the operation against the prisoners. A wee hours of the morning, were heard shooting tear gas around the center and could see plumes of smoke. This prison is the home Islamists in Morocco, whose prisons are about 900 inmates Salafists.

"They want to separate them, and we lose our rights, we have gained by dint of severe hunger strikes and protests," says Khalid Guemouri, an Islamist who spent several years in this prison and now has manifested its doors along with other comrades and scores of female relatives of the inmates.

Another of the prisoners, who prefers anonymity, has said that security forces have opened the cells of common prisoners who clashed with other prisoners. However, they all face finish attached to agents. "This is war, a real battle," he told a ELMUNDO. a prisoner from inside prison. Identified as Mohamed perfect Spanish and explained that when they were told they had to leave the prison, declared in default and one climbed on the roofs of the jail.

"Now there are about 40 injured, including ours and common prisoners, who have also protested and have been attacked." According to Mohamed, the police used water trucks and tear gas to disperse them. "One of my comrades, suffocated, was launched from the roof and do not know how it is." "This is hell, we can only commend ourselves to God," continued from jail, where police have evacuated several wounded.

"The Islamists want to stay in this prison and that is why this situation has come," said the Islamist Rida Benotmane, also at the gates of the prison of Salé. "After many struggles, have succeeded here such as having weekly visits without a glass in between, a right they do not have the Salafis normally in other prisons." "I tried to convince the assurance that next month there will be a royal pardon, but they have not believed, its only purpose is to disengage the prisoners to avoid that continue to run in Internet videos of the torture he suffered in jail," according Benotmani .

"You hear shots, we know of what nature, I am worried about my husband, if he dies I'll kill myself right here," lamented the Italian has Zanchi Jessica, wife of Zarli Younes, kickboxing world champion in 2005 and arrested on 11 April 2010. The Salafist Gemouri explained to ELMUNDO. is that two months ago the State agreed to release the Salafis arrested after the 2003 anti-terrorism law, criticized by organizations like Human Rights Watch in contravention of Moroccan internal protocols and international conventions.

"With the attitude of today, we saw it was fake," said Khalid Guemouri. The police and the criminal who were abroad have declined to comment on this paper. The group of Moroccan Salafist was repressed in Rabat yesterday as they tried to organize a march with the young opponents of the system Feb.

20 at the headquarters of the DST (Department of Homeland Security, the secret services) in the outskirts of the capital Moroccan. The AKP, the moderate Islamists and some human rights organizations have collected testimonies from former detainees who claim that the building houses a secret detention illegal.

Something that the Moroccan government strongly denies. Salafis came to emerge in the mass-March 24 in the third great march of February 20, to demand the repeal of the Terrorism Act and release 900 Islamist prisoners in Morocco. Criticized, moreover, the real grace of Mohamed VI to more than 190 inmates, most Salafis, because they ensure that those who have benefited from this measure were on the verge of fulfilling all their sentences.

These demands come at a time of change in Morocco after the beginning of the year begin to take to the streets to protest the youth of the Movement February 20, requiring for their country higher levels of democracy, a parliamentary monarchy and the dissolution government and parliament.

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